PG | | Biography, Drama
The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.
According to Edward James Olmos, he wrote all of his dialogue with Jaime Escalante, and much of it was verbatim what Escalante had said in the real-life situations that were depicted in the film. For instance, Olmos said the dialogue in the scene where Escalante confronts the ETS investigators about the cheating allegations was word for word what Escalante told the ETS in real life.
Kemo, I don't wanna let you down but the money I'd be making'll buy me a new Trans Am.
Jaime Escalante: No one cruise through life, Pancho. Wouldn't you rather be designing these things than repairing them? Can't even do that, things got fuel injection -
Pancho: Kemo, ...
Jaime Escalante: ...
When Lupe is studying and her mother comes home from work, her mom asks her to turn off the lamp that is across the room. She is sleeping directly under a different lamp that doesn't seem to bother her.
$411,884 (USA) (13 March 1988)